Born in Brooklyn (New York) 1986.
Lives and works in Brooklin
The subjects of Pacifico Silano’s works are always men. The body is the main element which links all of his practice, but it’s never completely disclosed. He rather “depict” figures who leave a lot to the imagination: by representing only details of bodies, we can only imagine what it has been cut or covered by the artist, who underlines the aspect of intimacy without being too explicit. Silano draws from magazines to find the images that he selects, cuts e re-photographs assembling them with others, giving them a new meaning. He explores themes related to the LGBT community such as identity, masculinity, as well as loss and absence, which result in his artworks in a sense of loneliness, but also calm and peace, especially thanks to the choice of quiet colours. The artist investigate the possibilities offered by the diffusion of images and their re-use. The exhibition is a chance for the viewers to discover the connections between these two artists, but also to reflect on how the same image can tell so many stories, depending on who is telling them.
Born 1986, Brooklyn, New York
2012 – MFA in Photo, Video and Related Media: School of Visual Arts, New York, NY.
2008- BFA in Photography: Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Lancaster, PA.
AWARDS & HONORS
2020-Silver Art Projects Studio Residency
Bronx Museum of the arts, AIM AT 80 White Street Artist Residency
2018- BRIC Media Arts Fellowship
2016-Lower East Side Print Shop, Key Holder Residency
New York Foundation of The Arts, Fellowship in Photography
Light Work Artist-in-Residence, Syracuse, NY.
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Alumni Microgrant Recipient
2015 –Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Artist Award, Nominee.
Baxter Street, CCNY Workspace Residency, New York, NY.</span
2013 –Aperture Portfolio Prize – Finalist/Runner Up.
The Bronx Museum of The Arts, Artist in The Marketplace Program.
2012 –Aaron Siskind Foundation, Individual Photographer’s Fellowship
RECENT SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2021- Houston Center for Photography, Houston, Texas (Forthcoming)
Melanie Flood Projects, Portland, OR
Time to Come, The Eye Sees, Arles, FR
The Eyelid Has Its Storms…, Light Work, Syracuse, NY
2019-Fragment Gallery at NADA MIAMI, Miami, FL
Time Is An Ocean But It Ends At The Shore, Rubber-Factory, New York, NY
Fragment Gallery at Sunday Art Fair, London, UK
How To Disappear, Fragment Gallery, Moscow, RUS
Speaking Little, Perhaps Not A Word, Bronx Museum’s Block
Gallery, New York, NY
2021-Fantasy America, Curated by Jose Diaz, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA. (Forthcoming)
2020-reGeneration4: The Challenges for Photography and its Museum of Tomorrow, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, CH
The Challenges for Photography and its Museum of Tomorrow
Out of The Folds, (2 Person Exhibit w/ Sarah Palmer), Monti 8, Latina, IT
2019-LM Gallery at Art Verona, Verona, IT
2018-BRIC Media arts fellowship screening, Bric, Brooklyn, NY
Be Strong and Do Not Betray Your Soul: Selections from the Light Work Collection, Curated by For Freedoms, Light Work, Syracuse, NY
“I think everybody handles trauma differently. I think oftentimes it’s just that you shut down to protect yourself. Whenever I’m making my work it’s this fine balance. I’m making work that’s a memorial in some sense. It’s an image, it’s a record of maybe this model who’s no longer here, or it’s a memorial to the person who originally consumed the imagery.”
(Interview for The Creative Independent, December 2016)